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  • Joey_Potter
    Originally posted by Matt McGuire View Post
    All in all a very very weak senior RB class like last season. Foster is the cream of the crop. He's tough, physical, and he can turn the corner on you. Very underrated so keep your eye on him next year.
    I like Lucky from Nebraska.

    Beanie #3? He needs a brain.

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  • fivas14
    Matt, "McFraud" had McCoy in his first mock.

    Darrel Mack and the Utes are gonna tear it up on offense next year. Johnson + Mack + Casteel = underated as long as Johnson and Casteel stay healthy.

    edit: were you saying that LeSean wasn't in his mock or Beanie?

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  • 49ersfan
    Davis is the only senior I'm interested in. Also, how the hell is Beanie Wells at 3?

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  • craigdizzle28
    javon ringer is boss

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  • Matt McGuire
    All in all a very very weak senior RB class like last season. Foster is the cream of the crop. He's tough, physical, and he can turn the corner on you. Very underrated so keep your eye on him next year.

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  • Matt McGuire
    started a topic McFraud's Top RBs for 2009

    McFraud's Top RBs for 2009

    Here are his top 10 Senior BAcks and top 5 junior backs.

    Pretty solid list, though I think Jeremiah Johnson is too low, but understandable with his injury.

    Smoking dope to think LeSean McCoy is better than Beanie Wells (who didn't appear in his first 2009 mock draft).

    It's never too early to start thinking about the 2009 NFL draft. While plenty can -- and likely will -- change between now and April, here's a look at the best college running backs.

    Top 10 senior running backs
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    James Davis

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    Could Clemson RB James Davis be the first senior RB drafted in '09?
    1. James Davis, Clemson
    After initially saying he was entering the 2008 NFL draft in January, Davis wisely took advantage of the 72-hour grace period for an underclassman to rescind his decision to leave school early and now returns for his senior season. Despite a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons and 38 career touchdowns, Davis was understandably frustrated with his role in the offense a year ago (12 touches or fewer in six of 13 games). While he will still share the spotlight with talented junior C.J. Spiller this fall, Davis is expected to carry a much heavier load. Now he must live up to expectations in order to become the first senior running back selected in the 2009 draft.

    2. Arian Foster, Tennessee
    Foster, who led the Vols with 1,193 rushing yards in 2007, is just 683 yards shy of becoming the school's all-time career rushing leader. He underwent knee surgery in January and was limited during spring ball. The physical, 6-foot-1, 220-pound back is expected to be at full strength when the 2008 season kicks off, though.

    3. Javon Ringer, Michigan State
    Ringer has led the Spartans in rushing the past three seasons, including his 1,447 yards as a junior in 2007. At 5-9, 200 pounds, he's a bit undersized, and NFL scouts will closely monitor a shoulder injury that limited his participation in the spring. However, Ringer is one of the true home run threats in this year's senior class, making him a good complement to a more powerful runner in a NFL backfield.

    4. Marlon Lucky, Nebraska
    Lucky's draft ceiling will always be limited by his lack of explosiveness and some durability issues. However, he has matured both on and off the field the past couple of years and has the size, hands and versatility to contribute in the NFL.

    5. Andre Brown, North Carolina State
    Brown is a big, strong, north-south runner with pedestrian speed and history of fumbling problems. He needs a healthy and productive senior season in order land a spot in the mid to late rounds of the 2009 draft.

    6. Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern
    Sutton is a pint-sized jitterbug with lightening-quick feet and excellent hands. Much like Darren Sproles of the San Diego Chargers, Sutton is suited to fit a versatile role as a third-down back and return specialist in the NFL. He needs to avoid the injury bug as a senior and run in the 4.4's during postseason workouts in order to cement a spot in the middle rounds.

    7. Keegan Herring, Arizona State
    This undersized speedster played a complementary role to power-back Ryan Torain a year ago. With Torain gone to the NFL, Herring should see his touches increase sizably in 2008. Herring averaged 5.3 yards per carry a year ago and he's also a weapon as a receiver and return specialist.

    8. Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon
    A knee injury sidelined Johnson for the final six games of the 2007 season. Prior to the injury, Johnson carved out a niche as one of the nation's most versatile and productive backup running backs. With Jonathan Stewart playing for the Carolina Panthers now, Johnson's opportunity to own the spotlight has arrived. Only time will tell if his knee is strong enough to capitalize on it this fall.

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    Ian Johnson

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    Todd McShay 'proposes' that Ian Johnson will be drafted in '09, if he has a bounce-back season.
    9. Ian Johnson, Boise State
    Although Johnson is looking to rebound from an injury-riddled 2007 campaign, it's hard to ignore his career production to date (3,418 yards of total offense and 46 scores in 37 games). Johnson is plenty fast, but size and durability concerns will ultimately hurt his draft stock.

    10. Corey Lewis, Northern Iowa
    Lewis projects as one of the top small-school prospects in the 2009 draft class. At 6-1, 200 pounds, Lewis led the Gateway Conference with 1,513 rushing yards last season. Adding bulk while maintaining his adequate top-end speed (4.5 in the 40) will be critical to Lewis' draft stock next April.

    Ten more to watch
    • Brad Lester, Auburn
    • Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M
    • Marcus Thigpen, Indiana
    • Maurice Wells, Ohio State
    • Kory Sheets, Purdue
    • Darrell Mack, Utah
    • Herb Donaldson, Western Illinois
    • Kestahn Moore, Florida
    • Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico
    • Tyrell Fenroy, UL-Lafayette

    Top 5 draft-eligible underclassmen

    1. Knowshon Moreno*, Georgia
    2. LeSean McCoy*, Pittsburgh
    3. Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State
    4. P.J. Hill, Wisconsin
    5. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

    * Indicates third-year sophomore

    Todd McShay is the director of college football scouting for Scouts Inc. He has been evaluating prospects for the NFL draft since 1998.